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  • I think I like Arella Harkins more than Barry. Her combination of abilities has more interesting potential for boarding related tactics. Whether its crew elimination, gold capture or other stuff like Nemo. Hmmm. I guess she would make a good combination with her linked crew, provided you can get them on a quick enough ship with some ample cargo…

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  • Ben replied to the topic Game Ideas in the forum Pirates CSG 12 hours, 34 minutes ago

    I got to play a 1vs1 of the scenario and I realized I have to either change some wording or ban some abilities since I have 2 ships that may take a random treasure from any other wild island…ruining the fun and realism.

    Interesting, I haven’t found the Island treasure trading ability (what I call it) to be all that powerful or fun-ruining.

    If y…[Read more]

  • Barry Corstrom
    Type: Crew
    Faction Affiliation: American
    Rarity: C
    Point Value: 5
    Ability: Captain. Filching Gold.
    Link: Arella Harkins

    Flavor text: Barry likes to “play pirate” while still in obedience to the US Naval Board. He is generally an effective captain, though he prefers to command one ship rather than a fleet, so as to keep his thieving…[Read more]

  • Those are interesting ships there, mast saccing?

    Indeed, an interesting and hopefully less OP twist on the classic Sac ability.  I’ve also toyed around with coin saccing and cargo saccing.  If it’s too powerful I can always nix the ability or change it. Forgot to add the link at the end, but you can find my custom sets here: Pirates of the Age o…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic News and Updates Thread in the forum Pirates CSG 1 day, 16 hours ago

    During the recent podcast, Mike Selinker shared with me the patent for the Chop Shop Challenge game he mentioned (which I can’t find online so far).  It says “Application status is Abandoned”.

    Then of course there’s the two patents from Jordan Weisman of Wizkids, which I’ve researched and looked at before.  Both of those still appear to be in the…[Read more]

  • The only real bonus for them is that they can dock ships at it and transfer as much gold to it as they want, but it is very risky for them to do.

    That brings up another question: is it treated like a home island for all intents and purposes, or as a ship?  If it’s a home island, they can “dock” at the ship and unload gold as a free action, and…[Read more]

  • Pirates vs. Spanish – September 27th, 2014
    Hey everybody, finally was able to play again after an eight month hiatus. It’s been too long. Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to play again for a while, but the […]

  • Nice to see that the bored looking dude has made a comeback to something more interesting.

    What do you mean by that?

    Hmmm. Okay. How about dependent on a die roll and for one tun only, or would that not really fix the problem?

    I just think a ship that can teleport is dumb and I can’t endorse it in any way regardless of the circumstances.

    I think…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic Game Ideas in the forum Pirates CSG 2 days, 13 hours ago

    @Ed: Interesting set of ideas there.  Have you played that scenario yet?

    I just added the Master Mariner variant ruleset to the main page, which was created by game industry veteran Tim Kask.  🙂  (there are 5 pictures associated with it, from Gygax magazine)

  • About how broken would a ship with a base move of D be?

    Not a good idea, especially since it’s really dumb thematically.  That would fall under the “just don’t” category, like L-cancellers for example.

    Devil’s Phoenix
    Type: Ship
    Faction Affiliation: Cursed
    Rarity: U
    Point Value: 20
    Number of Masts: 4
    Cargo Space: 4
    Base Move: S+S
    Cannons:…[Read more]

  • One of my favorite Mercenary/SE pieces from the set:

    Stormrage
    Type: Ship
    Faction Affiliation: Mercenary
    Rarity: SE
    Point Value: 20
    Number of Masts: 3
    Cargo Space: 6
    Base Move: S+S
    Cannons: 3L-4L-3S
    Ability: Mercenary. Windcatcher. L-range cannons cannot hit this ship. This ship may dock at an enemy home island and take as much treasure as she…[Read more]

  • Ben replied to the topic Pulls/Purchases Thread in the forum Pirates CSG 3 days ago

    Had some decent pulls for those next two boxes, but on the last box with Seattle in it I pulled the 3 SR cards like woot and stuff, although why would a generic captain card be a super rare? That is quite lame.

    The OE SR pack is rightly derided as the worst ever by a wide margin.  They had some other generic SR’s, though I agree that they could h…[Read more]

  • @Chris K: Ahoy! Great to “have you back aboard”. 😉

    Spanish Main is a great set, especially for beginners. Awesome to hear you might be able to get your younger siblings into piracy! XD (the puns/etc never end haha)

    The Zeus was a mail-in promotional LE that doesn’t come in any type of OE pack (even the oversized megapacks that she could…[Read more]

  • JH seems like a good gold runner/gatherer. I really like the Cove, nifty ability and nice flavor text too.

    Thanks!  With her decent size cost I think of the JH as a kind of defensive or “escape” hybrid.

    Tribal Execution
    Type: Ship
    Faction Affiliation: Mercenary
    Rarity: U
    Point Value: 20
    Number of Masts: 4
    Cargo Space: 2
    Base Move: S+S
    Cannons:…[Read more]

  • That would be nearly perfect, but equipment are ussualy discarded when used maybe a unique treasure would be good. I would also accept an equipment that isn’t removed when used.

    The LE equipment are eliminated after use, but they’re extremely rare and not as good as the regular versions so I don’t see that being an issue.

  • IMO the only way to do this would be to get an agreement/contract with NECA ahead of time to purchase the rights. Only then would you start a KS to raise the funds. If you just randomly started a KS to purchase something you have no idea if they even want to sell, I can’t imagine anyone backing it.

    So if you’re serious, start at step 1 and see…

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  • @Scott: Haha yes I listened to it on multiple drives in the car. Thanks for commenting!
    Ben

  • I used old gift cards so millimeters thick and I used old business cards for the cardstock it was even thinner. The holes I sliced by razor so it was a really snug fit but if I messed up it was loose.

    OK interesting, thank you for the specifics!  Did you cut the gift card plastic with a utility knife or some other blade?  It does make sense to u…[Read more]

  • Jamaica’s Hero
    Type: Ship
    Faction Affiliation: Pirate
    Rarity: C
    Point Value: 14
    Number of Masts: 3
    Cargo Space: 5
    Base Move: S+S
    Cannons: 4L-4L-3S
    Ability: Schooner. This ship gets +1 to her cannon rolls against English ships. If this ship is within S of an enemy ship when this ship is given a move action, she gets +S to her base move.

    Flavor…[Read more]

  • I have used cardstock, plastic and cardboard all successfully but I like plastic and cardstock the most. the 5 mast ship in my profile image is cardstock.

    What kind of plastic?  Do you know the thickness of it? (or where you got it from) Do you know the thickness of the cardstock?  Does the cardstock ship fit together better or worse than the W…[Read more]

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